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Bioenergy Project Development Summit

Designed to walk attendees in a stepwise fashion through the project development lifecycle this pre-conference seminar will feature presenters with deep experience in moving projects out of the concept phase and into the construction phase. Attendees will learn about early project feasibility work, the role that economic developers and host communities can and should play, how project capital is accumulated and the importance of a quality off take agreement. This seminar is a must for anyone who finds themselves in the conceptual stage of a bioenergy project.

Co-located with the 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo, being held in Orlando, Florida the Bioenergy Project Development Summit is a compelling combination of the right topics being discussed at the right place, at the right time.

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General Registration

This rate applies to all individuals interested in attending the summit. If you have any questions on registration or rates please give us a call at 866-746-8385.

 Through 2/10/2014After 2/10/2014
Registration Rates  
Summit Registration$395.00$495.00

Program Agenda

Monday, March 24

7:30 am – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:45 amWelcome & Opening Remarks
Tom Bryan
, President, BBI International
8:45 am – 9:15 amProject Development Trends & Spring Construction Outlook
Kolby Hoagland
, Program & Data Manager, BBI International
9:15 am – 10:45 amThe Capital Life Cycle: How, When and From Where Vital Project Funds are Secured
Money is the lifeblood of every project. It costs money to even adequately explore a projects feasibility. This panel will provide an in depth exploration of project capital from the very first seed capital a project must acquire all the way through to operating capital as the works toward positive cash flow. Attendees will learn from project veterans the most effective ways to fund projects and the current appetite for bioenergy in the investment and lending communities.
  • Moderator: Tom Bryan, President, BBI International
  • John Ravis, Principal, Scully Capital
    Financing Biomass Projects
  • Sherry Jean Larson, Manager, Christianson & Associates, PLLP
    Green Incentive Financing and Tax Advantages for Biomass Power Producers
  • John May, Managing Partner, Stern Brothers
    Bioenergy Project Finance Considerations
  • Jeffrey Weisz, Senior Managing Director, New Canaan Capital Management LLC
    Elements of Project Puzzle
10:45 am – 11:15 amNetworking Session Break
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Strategies for Determining Project Feasibility
As a project moves towards real momentum, the economic feasibility of the project must receive close scrutiny. Equity investors and lenders alike will require a look at a professional, third party feasibility study. This panel will discuss when in the project timeline a feasibility study is conducted, the vital components of a feasibility study and the best ways to put the study to work for the project once it is completed.
  • Moderator: Kolby Hoagland, Program & Data Manager, BBI International
  • Mark Yancey, Vice President, BBI Project Development
    Bioenergy Project Development: The Bioenergy Feasibility Study
  • Justin Price, Principal, Evergreen Engineering
    First Things First: Engineering a Financial Success
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:45 pmDropping the Pin: Siting A Plant with One Eye on Market Opportunity and the Other on Feedstock Availability
Ultimately every bioenergy project must be talked about within the context of where the facility will be located. In some instances, a bioenergy project gets its start when someone recognizes a feedstock opportunity at a given location and then builds a project around that location. In other instances, plant siting occurs further down the development road. This panel will closely examine the best strategies for determining the optimal location for a facility when considering feedstock availability, existing infrastructure and downstream markets.
  • Moderator: Tom Bryan, President, BBI International
  • Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat
    Feedstock Supply: Evaluating Availability, Cost, and Strategies to Mitigate Risk
  • Thomas Yonge, Senior Consultant, Golder Associates
    Evaluation of Siting Considerations for New Bioenergy Projects
2:45pm – 3:15 pmNetworking Session Break
3:15 pm – 4:45pm Understanding the Vital Role that PPAs and Offtake Agreements Play in Project Development
A bioenergy project without a credit worthy customer is likely to never achieve a groundbreaking. Conversely, a project that can secure an offtake agreement or a long term power purchase agreement can really begin to generate momentum. This panel will take a close look at where, when and how developers find customers for their energy products as well as strategies for maximizing the terms of the agreement.
  • Moderator: Kolby Hoagland, Program & Data Manager, BBI International
  • Timothy Baye, Professor, Business Development, & Bioenergy Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension
    The Bio-Product Offtake: Targeting Corporate Sustainability Markets
  • Mike Antheil, Partner, Green Asset Finance, & Executive Director, Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy
    PPA Roadblocks in Florida
  • Schef Wright, Partner/Shareholder,Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright
    Key Issues in Negotiating and Obtaining Regulatory Approval of PPAs
4:45 pm – 5:00pmFinal Remarks
5:00 pm - 6:30 pmInternational Biomass Conference & Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Registered attendees to the Bioenergy Project Development Summit receive a complimentary pass to the Grand Opening & Welcome Reception

For more information, please contact Kolby Hoagland, Program Manager, BBI International

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